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Is Power Washing Bad For Your House?

Is Power Washing Bad For Your House?

If you live near other homeowners or pay attention to home care trends, you may have noticed the increased popularity of power washing. Power washing, or pressure washing, refers to high pressure water being used to clean dirt and grime from a surface, sometimes at high temperatures. While power washing especially durable materials like concrete or brick is usually without much risk for damage, power washing your house is a different story.

It is important to understand the potential risks power washing can pose to your home. If done with excessive water pressure, power washing can do serious damage to your home exterior and interior if water gets inside. Your house can withstand moisture, but isn’t meant to hold up to extreme water pressure which can seep into your walls and cause lasting water damage or even mold growth that is expensive to repair. Extreme power washing can also knock siding and shingles loose if done incorrectly, so it must be approached with serious care and consideration.

This isn’t meant to scare you out of pressure washing, but understanding how to do it correctly is important for the wellbeing of your home. Power washing, if done correctly and with the right detergents, can extend the lifespan of your home and increase its market value. Thus we recommend opting instead for a much lower pressure washing. This type of washing, often referred to as “soft washing” is best achieved with professional equipment and detergents in order to do it safely and effectively. A professional soft washing ensures the dirt, grime, and organic material that can damage your home if left for too long are removed by a trained hand and the appearance of your house is restored without doing any damage.

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Pressure Washing versus Power Washing

Pressure Washing versus Power Washing

Water is a powerful tool for cleaning a lot of different stuff. Clothes, cars, dishes, buildings, and more can all be cleaned thanks to water. Water alone is not enough to get stuff clean, however. Soap and other cleaning agents are what truly achieve cleanliness. This is why we use soap when we wash our dishes, cars, and the like. That said, sometimes even the power of soap is not enough in order to achieve cleanliness. Sometimes, however, it’s a simple matter of scale. Some objects and surfaces are large enough that hand washing becomes time consuming and takes too long. Trying to wash the walls of a house is a good example of this. No one would wash their walls by hand if they could avoid doing so, and there are ways to avoid such tedious washing.

An easy way to make washing easier and faster, especially for larger or more stubborn surfaces, is by adding pressure. Using pressurized water to clean large surfaces faster, to clean surfaces that have stubborn dirt or grease on them, or both, is a common method cleaning. There are several different methods for utilizing pressure to clean surfaces, and they all have their uses.

One such cleaning method is, appropriately enough, pressure washing. Pressure washing utilizes high pressure to clean surfaces quickly. This method is, like most washing methods, dependent on soap or detergent to ensure a proper cleaning of the surface. Pressure washing also has the problem that the surface being washed needs to be durable enough to sustain the effort of cleaning without getting damaged itself. Brick walls and sidewalks are good uses of pressure washing.

You might think a car with is a type of pressure washing, but that’s actually soft washing, which uses low pressure and sometimes heat to clean surfaces that require pressure, but can’t handle the higher efforts of pressure washing. This naturally limits pressure washing’s uses, especially when it comes to removing grease. Grease is stubborn, and to get rid of it you generally need hot water. For large applications of removing the sort of stubborn filth where heat ensures the job gets done, there’s power washing.

Power washing is very similar to pressure washing, except that it also adds heat. Power washing is great for removing stubborn grease or dirt and filth from textured surfaces like concrete or bricks when pressure washing isn’t enough to handle the job. the use of heat to assist with washing is incredibly common. Washing clothes and dishes is often done with the help of heat, but it doesn’t have to be done that way. Much like washing clothes, the use of hot or cold water can sometimes be up to the person doing the cleaning. Power washing is generally better because of the heat, but not as many surfaces can take that heat as can handle just pressure washing. Both washing styles rely on high pressure and other means to achieve cleanliness. Which one is better depends largely on the surface getting cleaned and what sort of dirt and grime is involved.

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